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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Pioneer Airman’s Tragic Destiny

    Air force visionary Paul Beck’s scandalous demise clouded his impressive legacy. “The gun exploded and blew Beck’s head off,” reported The New York Times. “It was the dramatic outcome of a social evening among friends, the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Two Roads to War

    Two Roads to War: The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk by Robin Higham, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2012, $44.95 This superb book would be worth double its price solely on its merits as a historical study...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Briefing- September 2012

    Van’s Homebuilt RVs In the 1970s, the aircraft homebuilder’s rock star was Burt Rutan, designer of some of the most unconventional kitplanes aloft— notably the VariEze, Long-EZ and Quickie. Meanwhile, Richard VanGrunsven, a young...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Battle for Baikal

    In 1918 the Czecho-Slovak Legion found itself fighting the Red Army in Siberia for control of the world’s deepest lake.   ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR YET LITTLE-KNOWN stories of World War I and the Russian Revolution is the...

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    Aviation History Book Review: Naval Aces of World War I

    Naval Aces of World War I: Parts 1 and 2 by Jon Guttman, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011 and 2012, $25.95 Most aviation enthusiasts are familiar with World War I’s land-based aces, but the top naval pilots are practically...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Sentinel of Verdun

    One of the very first fighter aces, Jean Navarre terrorized the skies over France by day and the streets of Paris by night. To French infantrymen in Verdun’s trenches early in 1916, cow- ering under German artillery, machine guns,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor | Romania’s Heroine

    Killed in action in September 1917 leading Romanian troops into battle, Ecaterina Teodoroiu was likely the first woman in the 20th century to command a male infantry unit in combat. Today she’s regarded as a national heroine, but during...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Fertile Blood

    Medical progress, bought at the enormous cost of human lives, may be the most lasting and vital benefit of war.   “I am badly injured, Doctor; I fear I am dying… I think the wound in my shoulder is still bleeding.”...

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    Germany’s Secret Army, 1918-20

    Post-World War I “Freikorps” paramilitary units won control of Germany’s streets amid revolutionary chaos. Following the November 11, 1918, armistice that ended World War I’s four years of brutal fighting, German army troops...

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    Patton in World War I

    George Patton’s famed genius for war first appeared in 1918 on the battlefields of France. GEORGE S. PATTON JR.’S fame rests primarily on his deeds on the battlefields of World War II: the Operation Torch landings in North Africa in...

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    You Command: British Rifle Brigade in World War I, 1915

    YOU lead a battalion of British infantrymen in a daring night attack against German defenders in the Ypres Salient. The Great War that broke out in Europe in August 1914 began as a “war of movement.” German armies swept i ern France,...

  • Reviews

    Wargame Review- Armchair General July 2013

    Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough! Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough! is an expansion pack to the turn-based game Strategic Command WWI: The Great War. The add-on features new operational-level campaigns, including the battles of...

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    The Kaiser’s Question, 1914

    The fate of the world hinged on one man’s answer. All of Europe tensed during the fateful summer of 1914 as the Austro- Hungarian Empire determined to eradicate the small Balkan kingdom of Serbia. There was little to covet in Serbia, a...

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    You Command Solution: British Rifle Brigade in World War I, 1915

    Historical outcome and winning Reader Solutions to CDG #56, May 2013 issue. The May 2013 issue of Armchair General® presented the Combat Decision Game “British Rifle Brigade in World War I, 1915.” This CDG placed readers in the role...

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    You Command: World War I in Africa, 1914

    As Lieutenant Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, YOU must lead outnumbered German colonial troops against British invaders. By August 1914, when World War I erupted in Europe, the European powers’ 19th and early 20th-century “scramble...

  • Reviews

    Game Buzz Armchair General November 2013

    Breaking the Chains: War in the South China Sea (compass games.com) is a board game depicting a near-future conflict. It emphasizes nautical combat with a smooth “strike” system that makes learning the rules easy and places the burden...